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Stations to boost coverage

02 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Mobile phone coverage between Vasse and Wonnerup Estate is expected to get a lot faster with Telstra announcing the construction of two new mobile base stations.

Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown said the new base stations were part of a $75 million investment program to boost coverage and connectivity for regional communities.

The stations, fully funded by Telstra, would improve mobile coverage in Provence, Bovell, Yalyalup and Wonnerup.

To continue reading the article: click here. (thewest.com.au)

Optus provides phone coverage to Parawa

02 Sep 2018
OptusNews

Optus has switched on its 50th Mobile Black Spot Site in Parawa, South Australia as part of the Federal Government’s Program.

The new mobile site was co-funded by Optus and the Federal and South Australian Governments, as part of Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and will provide significantly improved mobile reception in the district around Parawa and along Range Road.

Speaking from the new site on Range Road at Parawa, Vin Mullins, Manager Mobile Planning at Optus, praised the tenacity of the local community in pushing for this site to form part of the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

To continue reading the article: click here. (victorharbortimes.com.au)

Telstra turns on 5G in Toowoomba

02 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra has switched on another 5G site, this time in Toowoomba, Queensland as part of plans to have more than 200 5G ready sites by the end of 2018.

The telecommunications giant has used Ericsson commercial 5G radio base stations as part of the Toowoomba deployment.

"Telstra provides more network investment and mobile coverage across Australia than anyone else and regional Australia is an essential part of our 5G plans,” Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (arnnet.com.au)

NBN Co's build costs rise $2bn, 1.2m premises delayed

01 Sep 2018
NbnNews

HFC and fixed wireless problems bite.

NBN Co’s HFC and fixed wireless problems will force the company spend $2 billion more on its rollout, with the total cost now expected to be $51 billion.

The company has also dropped its expected internal rate of return (IRR), from a previous range of 3.2 percent to 3.7 percent, down to 3.2 percent.

“The impact of the HFC pause on deployment profiles, combined with new wholesale pricing bundle discounts, will delay a portion of revenue growth, while further planned investment in fixed wireless capacity has led to increased forecast capital expenditure,” the company said in its new corporate plan.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itnews.com.au)

Why are Vodafone and TPG merging?

01 Sep 2018
VodafoneNews

As the dust settles on an industry-defining merger within the telecommunications market in Australia, how will the Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) and TPG Telecom deal play out?

Following weeks of media speculation, the headline takeaway so far has been the creation of a $15 billion challenger to take on Telstra and Optus.

But in delving deeper, the move also stands to impact the fixed broadband market.

VHA - which represents a joint venture between Vodafone Group and Hutchison Telecommunications - is currently Australia's third mobile services provider with six million customers but no fixed broadband presence.

To continue reading the article: click here. (arnnet.com.au)

TPG's 'aggressive' behaviour may decide fate of Vodafone merger

01 Sep 2018
TpgNews

TPG Telecom's record as a "new … aggressive low-cost player" may be key to whether its $15 billion merger with Vodafone gets approved.

Some analysts predict consumers will be worse-off if TPG is allowed to merge with Vodafone, giving them less choice in a telecommunications sector dominated by Telstra and Optus.

"TPG's past behaviour as an aggressive player is important for us," Rod Sims, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) chair, said on Thursday.

To continue reading the article: click here. (abc.net.au)

NBN Co still planning to roll out 100Mbps-capable fixed wireless devices

31 Aug 2018
NbnNews

New wireless NTDs capable of 100Mbps download speeds, though NBN Co has canned plans for a 100Mbps wireless service

The new default device that will be installed in end-user premises for NBN fixed wireless connections will have a theoretical maximum download speed of up to 100 megabits per second, despite NBN Co cancelling its plans to offer 100Mbps wireless services.

NBN Co’s partner for the fixed wireless rollout, Ericsson, is expected to begin deploying the next-generation wireless network termination devices, manufactured by NetComm Wireless, before the end of the year.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

Vodafone and TPG confirm plan to merge

31 Aug 2018
VodafoneNews

Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG have agreed to a “merger of equals” the companies announced this morning.

The merged group will be owned 49.9 per cent by TPG shareholders and 50.1 per cent by VHA shareholders: Vodafone and Hutchison Telecommunications Australia.

The new ASX-listed group will be named ‘TPG Telecom Limited’ and have approximately 20 per cent of the Australian mobile market share and 22 per cent of the fixed line broadband market share. Together, the new company would have some 6.4 million mobile subscribers and 1.9 million fixed line broadband customers.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia merge to take on Telstra and Optus

31 Aug 2018
TpgNews

The $15 billion merger of TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia will bring together reclusive billionaire entrepreneur David Teoh's broadband empire with a rejuvenated and internationally backed mobile operator to aggressively target the market dominance of Telstra and Optus.

The bulked up new company will bring together Australia's third-largest mobile network provider and second-largest broadband player with a stronger balance sheet and a range of complementary products across the consumer, enterprise and small to medium size business segments.

To continue reading the article: click here. (afr.com)

TPG, Vodafone Australia agree on $15bn merger

30 Aug 2018
TpgNews

Merged entity to drop Vodafone name, at least for official purposes.

Challenger carriers TPG and Vodafone Australia (VHA) have agreed on terms to merge the two brands to create a fully integrated mobile and fixed line telco estimated to be worth $15 billion.

The two companies this morning announced they had entered into a scheme implementation deed for the proposed “merger of equals” to better challenge the major incumbents.

The size of the special dividend to be paid to shareholders is still unclear and will be determined after transaction costs are calculated the parties to the deal said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itnews.com.au)

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